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November 20 to be Dedicated to Children’s Human Rights

A parliamentary resolution declaring November 20 each year dedicated to children’s human rights was issued today with the unanimous support of all sitting political parties, Vísir reports.

November 20 was chosen as it was on that day in 1989 that the Convention on the Rights of the Child was presented at the UN General Assembly. Iceland ratified the convention in 1992, and it was incorporated into the Icelandic legal code in 2013.

On that day a special educational program revolving around children’s human rights will be adopted in all Icelandic primary schools; one similar to those currently in place for the Day of the Icelandic Language (November 16), and the Day of Icelandic Nature (September 16).

Nine MPs jointly proposed the resolution: Páll Valur Björnsson for the Bright Future party; Unnur Brá Konráðsdóttir and Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir for the Independence Party; Líneik Anna Sævarsdóttir, Elsa Lára Arnardóttir and Jóhanna María Sigmundsdóttir for the Progressive Party; Guðbjartur Hannesson for the Social Democrats; Helgi Hrafn Gunnarsson for the Pirate Party; and Bjarkey Olsen Gunnarsdóttir for the Left-Green Movement.

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